Originally Posted by fists of fury
I think in some ways this highlights the problem when trying to develop a guy who does not have time on his side, and an extensive amateur backround.
He has to be brought along and matched with fighters that can teach him something, but at the same time, a loss can set the guy back in a big way. It's a tricky balancing act.
If Mitchell were 22 or 23, then a loss would not be that bad. But 30, with no amateur backround, a lot of hype behind him and the pressures it brings, and fighting only two, maybe three times a year...can anyone see the problem?
I'm still a fan too...but realistically it doesn't bode well for Seth.
The other problem not mentonedis the HBO problem. What are they going to do with the guy? Usually when prospects they push lose before reaching top 10 status puts them in Tshabalalaville. They love him one minute and 2 days later will have nothing to do with him. So no more high profile stuff may be a blessing or it may be a curse. It might take 2 or 3 years to get back to the level he was at just 3 days ago.
His involvement in a team sport is completely different than the distance he has to travel now after a defeat. Lots of physical and mental obsticles in a non-forgiving sport. He could also be dropped by Al Heyman soon & we will have to see how that plays out as well.
But a heavyweight prospect suffering a ko defeat like that is a very very tough place to be at this morning.